And Don’t Forget…

ROADKILL

SB 395 would give three lucky California communities the legal right to harvest recently deceased critters from the side of the road for dinner. Rural advocates inspired Sen. Bob Archuleta, a Democrat from urban Pico Rivera, to let adventurous citizens supplement their food budget with road kill and help gather data on dangerous wild animal crossings at the same time. A prior version of the bill, which only applies to deer, elk and wild pig, would have been statewide, but was reduced to a seven-year pilot program in the Assembly. Supported by hunting and environmental groups and opposed only by the squeamish, the bill was signed by Newsom Oct. 13, 2019.

TINY TOILETRIES

AB 1162 would ban miniature bottles of shampoo, shower gel and other personal care products in hotel and other “lodging establishment” bathrooms, making them available only upon request. It would take effect in 2023 for places with more than 50 rooms and the next year for those with 50 or less. The bill is supported by environmental advocates seeking to curb the proliferation of single-use plastic  and authored by San Jose Democratic Assemblyman Ash Kalra. Opponents such as the Personal Products Care Council say it’s bad for business, and has the fragrance of the nanny state.  Newsom signed it Oct. 9, 2019.

CROOKEDEST STREET FEE

AB 1605 would help control the crowded and crooked Lombard Street in San Francisco by creating a pilot program that allows the city to impose a reservation and fee to visit the tourist site. The bill is sponsored by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority and authored by Assemblyman Phil Ting, a San Francisco Democrat. The city, which would control  implementation, says it might quell congestion. The bill had no known opposition, but Newsom vetoed it Oct. 12, 2019, citing “social equity issues” created by the price.

BEACH BUTTS 

AB 1718/SB 8, a one-two punch by Assemblyman Marc Levine and Senator Steven Glazer, is the Legislature’s fourth attempt to ban smoking in state beaches and state parks. The bills are supported by Sierra Club California and the California State Park Foundation and face opposition by at least one individual. Current law already restricts smoking in state parks, and littering a state beach is an infraction, and Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed past iterations of this notion. “If people can’t smoke even on a deserted beach, where can they?” he wrote in one veto message, adding: “There must be some limits to the coercive power of government.” Sorry, smokers: On Oct. 11, 2019, Newsom vetoed the Assembly measure — because he signed the Senate ban.